Alumni Community

All YoungArts winners become part of the ever-growing YoungArts alumni community, now 20,000 strong. Through our mission, we are committed to supporting alumni artists with creative and professional opportunities throughout their artistic careers.

YoungArts Post

Created exclusively for YoungArts alumni, YoungArts Post is a free, private, online platform designed to encourage alumni to re-connect, share their work and discover new opportunities. Access to applications for residencies, grants, performance and exhibition opportunities, temporary work with core programs and targeted offerings from YoungArts’ cultural partners are all available on YoungArts Post.

Alumni can also create their own profile page to serve as an online portfolio of their work, post upcoming public events for promotion, access text and video resources and engage with one another to foster professional and personal relationships.



Up Next

In 2017, YoungArts established the Up Next platform for professional development with Up Next Symposia in New York and Los Angeles featuring leaders from multiple areas of the arts, from practice to administration. Designed for up to 50 alumni to participate in active panel discussions, Up Next aims to provide honest perspective from the field, as well as the tools and knowledge necessary for a successful career in the arts. In 2019, the Up Next program will expand with Up Next Focus, an intimate, discipline-specific industry events designed for YoungArts alumni to intersect with industry professionals who can advise and advance careers in their fields.

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In Process

In Process is an artist residency program dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration between two alumni at seminal stages of their careers. Provided with the time, space and resources to experiment, this program takes places three times a year and invites two YoungArts alumni of different disciplines to create new work.

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YoungArts at Ted's

YoungArts at Ted’s is a quarterly, intimate performance series featuring YoungArts alumni. This series provides a platform work presentation and new audience cultivation. For its inaugural 2019–2020 season, each performance will take place at the YoungArts Campus. 

Upcoming season performances:
September 12, 2019 | Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
November 21, 2019 | Tony Yazbeck
February 13, 2020 | Judith Hill
May 7, 2020 | Conrad Tao

Exhibitions and Performance Opportunities

Since 2013, the two-story YoungArts Gallery has hosted exhibitions by YoungArts master artists, winners and alumni, including Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Arsham (1999 Winner in Visual Arts) and Hernan Bas (1994 Winner in Visual Arts). We are proud to offer alumni the opportunity to show work through an open call for two exhibitions annually in the YoungArts Gallery.

YoungArts alumni are also provided with performance, residency and collaboration opportunities through partnerships with institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, Baxter Street at the Camera Club of New York, Miami Film Festival, Fountainhead Residency, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The Watermill Center, New York Live Arts and others.



The YoungArts residency programs provide alumni with the time, space and resources to create or develop new work. Each year, YoungArts hosts two, three-week residencies: one focused on dance and another focused on performance that is open to multiple disciplines. Artists will receive an honorarium, travel and housing, and are provided with studio space in the iconic Jewel Box on the YoungArts campus in this unique opportunity to work in Miami and engage with its vibrant community. We also work with partners to provide residency opportunities for alumni outside of the YoungArts campus, including Bay Parc Residences.


Daniel Arsham Fellowship, presented by the Ridinger-Mclaughlin Family

A major granting program for aspiring visual artists up to three years out of receiving their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Named in honor of acclaimed contemporary artist Daniel Arsham (1999 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts) and supported by SHOP.COM and DNA Atelier Co-Founders Duane McLaughlin and Amber Ridinger-McLaughlin, the Fellowship further expands the organization’s support of YoungArts alumni as they pursue careers in the arts. 

One YoungArts alumnus/a a year will receive an unrestricted prize of $25,000 and year-long mentorship opportunities with Arsham. Paloma Izquierdo, a 2014 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, was named the 2019 Daniel Arsham Fellow by a jury of internationally renowned artists and YoungArts Master Teachers, including Naomi Fisher, José Parlá and Daniel Arsham.

Work with YoungArts

Fifty seven percent of all YoungArts administrative and artistic positions were filled by alumni in the 2018/2019 Season. Resident advisors, discipline coordinators, national reviewers and master teachers play an integral role in the quality of YoungArts programming and the mentorship of our winners. It takes exceptional people to fulfill these roles and therefore, we take special care in selecting individuals with potential to develop leadership skills and grow within the YoungArts community.

YoungArts regularly engages alumni for performance opportunities at YoungArts donor and corporate partnership events. If you're interested in participating please email [email protected].

Get to Know Us

With regional programs in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C., as well as YoungArts representation at national conferences across the U.S., alumni are invited and encouraged to attend annual meet-ups in each city. Sign up for email updates and follow YoungArts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to ensure you never miss an opportunity to hang out with us.

Special perks are available for those who attend and sign up for YoungArts Post on the spot, or bring a fellow alumnus/a with you who signs up to YoungArts Post.